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Quick & easy,
This review is from: Curry Easy (Hardcover)
This book is great if you fancy a curry during the week when you think you might not have the time to prepare and cook it. Processes have been pared back, so in the recipes I have tried I haven't been grinding spices, roasting them, etc. which I would otherwise do. Purists might decry this, but it is a very practical approach for those occasions when time is limited. It is possible to cook and present three or four dishes plus rice in less than an hour. Recipes tend to include store cupboard basics supplemented with fresh ingredients. Another point to make is that the recipes are also likely to be lighter in calories than many Indian dishes as, for example, coconut milk has been eschewed to be replaced by natural or Greek yoghurt. I don't think this is always entirely successful (there is a potato & pea curry which tastes much better if coconut milk is used).
There is a good range of recipes from snacks, nibbles & starters through to main courses, side dishes and chutneys. Some things are very simple - take the cheese toast enlivened with some chill peppers which makes a great lunch. Fish dishes include a spicy prawn stir-fry, Sri Lankan fish curry, Keralan-style fish, salmon in Bengali mustard sauce. The chicken roasted with ginger and the chicken curry with cardamom have gone down well in this household, as have the Hyderabad minced turkey. The veg and pulse dishes are varied - this is important as I am vegetarian but my family and friends are not so it is useful to have something that provides side dishes for them but at the same time offers a vegetarian 'main' course for me. My long time favourite dhal has been usurped by the Goan-style dal in this book.
If you like Indian food but struggle to find the time during the working week, or if you are new to Indian cookery, you should find plenty in this book to tempt you.